Posted: 18/01/2015 at 15:55
Muddy - in awe as always
Marrows - I was also questioning your sobriety. What's your beef with the gingerbread men?
Great long run, Lit. I've made this my cutback week which is quite nice to only run 35 miles.
Excellent PBing in shit conditions, Charlie - just think what you'll hit in summer!
Fab running from Mrs Skinny and sounds like it was fortuitous the race was cancelled, Skinny, if not on top form.
Raced Not the Roman IX in Stratford upon Avon today which isn't 9. It's actually 12km which was a PB, being a random distance! Couple of miles of flat followed by a long uphill of two miles and then a lot of lovely down before a little sting in the tail hill and a leg it to the finish. Was a bit unsure of how to pace it so thought I might go for 7:30's. Had planned to get in a nice warm up of 2 or 3 miles but faffing about with clothing and talking to clubmates and finding somewhere for a wee, plus breastfeeding the baby meant a crappy half mile warm up to the start (not enough!) punctuated with a stop behind an extremely patchy hedge for a wee.
Rather an over-enthusiastic first mile of 7:15 because our team captain had bullied me into going nearer the front resulting in tired legs for "the hill" and hoardes of people overtaking me whilst I died. (Splits 7:44 and 8:25). Friend of mine who i am normally miles ahead of overtook me at this point. Congratulated her through gritted teeth. Bloody voices in my head were chuntering at me about being rubbish on the hill and I figured I needed the race to learn how to shut them up again.
But I was quite pleased to go past 5km in faster than my most recent parkrun though so figured things couldn't be that bad. Things improved on the downhill and I hit 7:46, 7:10 (very down), 7:37 and 7:44. More importantly I overtook my mate again . The voices in my head were a bit put out when we went past the 10km marker as they'd had enough. Then we had to go up another hill with tired legs but much shorter than the other. Anyway we pushed on a bit more and then the last half mile passed at 7:16 pace. So came in at 53:14 I think unofficially which is 7:38 average - will probs be a few secs faster chip time I think. Not miles over where I thought I could poss come in so pretty pleased with progress. About 3 mins slower than my buddy who I used to be v close to in races - getting there, still work to do. McMillan suggests a 22:39 5km and 3:40 marathon so still about 1 and a half mins off 5km PB pace. But still early in the marathon training programme so lots of time I guess. And when I ditch this remaining stone it's got to speed me up, surely.